Lynn's frank songs about life and love as a woman in Appalachia pulled her out of poverty and made her a pillar of country music.
The country music legend is expected to make a full recovery, her website says.
I subscribe to the old theory that if you really want to know what's going on in our United States -- if you want to understand the hearts and minds of a large segment of America at any given moment -- listen to country music and you'll know.
Loretta Lynn won America's affection with the 1980 film Coal Miner's Daughter. Now the producers of a new PBS documentary want her to also score a little more of America's admiration.
Hee Haw was a concept that nobody (including myself) thought would ever succeed. Some feared the proposed television program would set the burgeoning country music industry back 25 years.
This week's playlist features music from The Civil Wars, LL Cool J, Sly & the Family Stone, John Prine, and more.
If there's a better hardcore country record in 2014 than Carlene Carter's Carter Girl, I haven't heard it.
Some of the greatest storytellers have been country music artists. Think about Patsy Cline's "Crazy" and "I Fall to Pieces," or Hank Williams' "Your Cheating Heart," and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."